Sci*at"i*ca (?), n. [NL.] Med.
Neuralgia of the sciatic nerve, an affection characterized by paroxysmal attacks of pain in the buttock, back of the thigh, or in the leg or foot, following the course of the branches of the sciatic nerve. The name is also popularly applied to various painful affections of the hip and the parts adjoining. See Ischiadic passion, under Ischiadic.
© Webster 1913.